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Kuchma: Ukraine should have parliamentary-presidential form of government

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Sept. 28, 2010, 7:29 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Leonid Kuchma says he supports the parliamentary-presidential form of government.
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The second President of Ukraine (1994-2004), Leonid Kuchma, has said he is against the previous wording of the Constitution of Ukraine, and is a supporter of the parliamentary-presidential form of government. "It's a pity, but this always happens. When a new political force comes to power, it tries to alter everything for itself, starting with laws, and then getting big ideas about [amending] the Constitution as well," Kuchma told reporters in Simferopol on Tuesday.

"I was and I am a supporter of the parliamentary-presidential form of government… I am afraid that some day a completely unsuitable person will become president with unlimited authorities. What will happen then?" he said.

He noted that in almost all European countries there is a parliamentary-presidential form of government.

"I believe that the Ukrainian mentality really is European," Kuchma said.

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